Fully Funded 15 PhD Scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences – Germany

Applications are invited for 15 Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences, The Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University from highly motivated, brilliant PhD students with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.

The Graduate School is an fundamental part of the interdisciplinary research in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Heidelberg with the goals to foster productive use of available cross- and interdisciplinary research at Heidelberg University and promote innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in these areas. Thematically, the research projects should contribute to the Field of Focus 3, “Cultural dynamics in globalized worlds”, and/or Field of Focus 4, “Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organizations”.

Heidelberg’s institutional strategy gives particular importance to Interdisciplinary, “Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University”. During the first funding phase of the Excellence Initiative, 04 main areas of research, the Fields of Focus, have emerged on which interdisciplinary research cooperation would like to emphasise. These 04 interactive fields are to be taken even further during the second funding period as the core of Heidelberg’s research strategy.

Through these Fields of Focus, majority of the university’s research and teaching endeavours can be united around a topic and individually supported. The successful projects of the other two funding lines of the Excellence Initiative, the Clusters of Excellence and the graduate schools, will also be integrated into these main areas of research. In doing so, the continuing institutional strategy is aimed at giving the fields of focus the necessary infrastructure for effective advancement thus ensuring profitable connections with the rich institutional research environment around Heidelberg University. The Fields of Focus will thus become strategic instruments for the further development of Heidelberg as a comprehensive university.

The 04 main Fields of Focus are:

Field of Focus 1: Molecular and cellular basis of life

Field of Focus 2: Structure and pattern formation in the material world

Field of Focus 3: Cultural dynamics in globalised worlds

Field of Focus 4: Self-regulation and regulation: individuals and organisations


Successful aplicants are required to:

  • Masters degree or equivalent in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • At least four years of study at the university level
  • Excellent knowledge of English or German (Verbal and written), in addition to a further language, is expected
  • Knowledge of German can be acquired or improved during the first year of the program


The applicants are required to submit the following with application form:

  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Research Proposal
  • List of Publication


Publish Date:
Institute Name: Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Heidelberg University
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Country: Germany
Course Start:
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